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Wisconsin budget battle enters voting stageSubmitted: 04/30/2017
MADISON - The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee is set to come together Monday to begin voting on the two-year, $76 billion spending plan.

A K-12 school aid increase appears to be on solid ground, a University of Wisconsin tuition cut is in serious jeopardy while a solution to road funding remains elusive.


Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders have yet to work on agreements on those and other major areas of the budget.

Republican and Democratic members of the committee agree that the budget will turn on what happens with road funding. Walker opposes gas tax or fee increases and is open to taking money from the state's main account. Democrats and some Republicans oppose that approach.

The committee likely won't finish its work on the budget until June.

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EAGLE RIVER - President Donald Trump's 100th day in office got a lot of people talking.

"The American people voted for this," said Kim Simac, founder of the Northwoods Patriots. "I think we as Americans together should try to give it a chance to work."

Simac and several others hosted the "Make America Great Again Rally" on Saturday at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derby Track.

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WAUSAU - Cat lovers got the chance to show off their furry friends Saturday at the Spring Cat Show. 

This is the 28th year the Central Wisconsin Cat Club has hosted the event. The show took place at Faith Christian Academy in Wausau

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WAUSAU - Democratic lawmakers hosted a listening session on the state budget Saturday. The listening session was held in the Marathon County Public Library.

Democratic representatives heard from central Wisconsin residents on a number of topics.

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VILAS COUNTY - 7:23 p.m.-- A Vilas County man walked free Friday night after facing sex assault charges.

After about three hours of deliberation, a jury decided Rodney Teets was not guilty of three felony sexual assault counts.





6:30 p.m. -- Rodney Teets, 36, testified in his own defense Friday, facing three counts of felony sexual assault with a dangerous weapon.  Teets cried at times, but claims the sex was never forced. 

A 19-year-old woman accusing him claims Teets assaulted her at knife point in July 2015.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - A man died in a car crash early Saturday morning in Portage County.

The driver was a 33-year-old man who suffered severe trauma and died at the scene according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

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MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The case of a Wisconsin man accused of killing four people while driving drunk last year won't proceed because a brain injury he suffered in the crash prevents him from assisting in his defense.

Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara indefinitely suspended the case of 33-year-old Brysen Wills Friday after prosecutors and his defense attorney said two doctors concluded he's not competent to stand trial.


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KENOSHA - A student who was stabbed at a Wisconsin high school has died from his injuries.

The 15-year-old freshman boy was stabbed Tuesday at Bradford High School in Kenosha.

The Kenosha News reports that the suspect, also a 15-year-old boy, is now being charged as an adult with second-degree intentional homicide.

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MADISON - Wisconsin hopes to cut its worst-in-the-nation student achievement gap in half within six years - a goal that would require a dramatic upsurge in test scores by non-white students.

The Department of Public Instruction set that as a primary goal in a draft accountability plan it released Friday.

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